Tough test for Team Butters

FRIENDS of 22-year-old Matthew Pinnock are set to take on a gruelling endurance course to raise cash for charity.

Matthew, of Higham Ferrers, has an inoperable brain tumour and his friends are raising cash for Brainstrust, a charity which has supported the Pinnock family, by taking part in the Tough Mudder event at Boughton House next weekend.

Some of the obstacles on the 12-mile course include crawling through stinging nettles, tackling greased up monkey bars, running through fire, bounding over hay bails, climbing 12ft Berlin walls, jumping into ice cold water and enduring 10,000 volt electrocution wires at the finish line.

Matthew’s friend Daniel Turiccki, who is doing Tough Mudder, said a couple of friends had wanted to do the event from day one and after Matthew’s friends and family did so well at the Wiseman Welly Walk – when they raised thousands of pounds for the Cynthia Spencer Hospice in Northampton – the friends wanted to take part in another event.

Matthew’s friends call themselves Team Butters, as Matthew’s nickname is Butters.

They have launched a Twitter campaign using the hashtags #Butters and #TeamButters, as well as a clothing collection bearing the name, to show their support.

Mr Turiccki said: “We now have 20 members of Team Butters completing the assault course, some of us hadn’t met until recently, which just proves that even when Matthew isn’t around he still has the ability to create friendships.

“No matter how gruelling Tough Mudder sounds, it’s nothing compared to what Matthew is fighting.

“He has been an inspiration to all of us and this will be our motivation to get us through the event on May 12.”

To sponsor the group visit www.justgiving.com/team buttersdoestoughmudder, or text TBTM90 to 70070 to donate £5 to Brainstrust.